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Students carry weight of mattresses in silent protest

By Eu Ran Kwak, Aubrey Yeo

Oct. 29, 2014 9:21 p.m.

First-year undeclared student Yong-Yi Chiang adds a personal note to a mattress that will be carried through campus later that day.

(Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin)

USAC Student Wellness Commissioner Savanna Badalich addresses students in Bruin Plaza at the start of the event.

(Helen Kwak/Daily Bruin)

Students carry mattresses through Bruin Plaza and across other walks of campus to symbolize the emotional weight that survivors of sexual assault carry each day. The students marched in a loop, past Murphy Hall, through UCLA’s sculpture garden and back to the Bruin Bear.

(Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin)

Third-year psychology and linguistics student Sarah Whetzell supports the weight of a mattress as she marches past the sunken gardens toward Dickson Plaza.

(Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin)

Savannah Badalich, the Undergraduate Students Association Council Student Wellness Commissioner, organized the Carry that Weight event along with other members of her office. Badalich launched 7,000 in Solidarity, a campaign against sexual assault, at the start of last school year.

(Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin)

Lori Kassabian, a third-year art history student, writes a personal message on a mattress propped against the Bruin Bear.

(Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year sociology student Radha Kumar (left) and fourth-year global studies student Farheen Jamil (right) carry the weight of a mattress as they pass through Bunche Hall.

(Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin)

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